The conflict in northern Uganda, which started in 1986, was the most protracted and devastating conflict in the history of post-independence Uganda. During the war, hundreds of people were abducted, maimed, raped, mutilated, killed, forced into rebellion and thousands more forced to flee their homes to live in Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) camps. The greater portion of the community was traumatized because of the abuses inflicted on them or in their presence. Much as Northern Uganda can now be referred as being in a post conflict era, this stage is one of the most fragile phases of the conflict that must be handled in a conflict sensitive approach.
Initially launched in 2008, the Peace Recovery and Development Plan, a comprehensive development project involving govermne actors, non-profit organizations and communities, aimed to bring Northern Uganda up to speed with the rest of the country.
The National Dialogue on Service Delivery in Northern Uganda, an event organized by ActionAid, on June 2, 2016, served as a sort of evaluation of phases I & II of the PRDP and a forum for recommendations looking forward to phase III next fall.
Arthur Laroke, the country director of ActionAid Uganda, opened up the floor with a remark that set a tone of deep relfection, over the actions of government and civil society, for the rest of the event.
“There is a common joke in and among NGOs that when we meet, especially in Hotels like this – 4 Star, 5 star or whatever star, we ‘eat and feast on behalf of the poor.’ While this may indeed be a joke, it does present us with a big challenge – a challenge to make this and any other such meeting deliver the ultimate outcome,” said Laroke.
The Center for Conflict Resolution’s director, Ms. Rose Othieno, was invited as part of the key stakeholders working in the region.
Center for Conflict Resolution (CECORE) has been participated in a number of efforts aimed at transforming the conflicts in Northern Uganda. Among these include, participation in advocacy and engendering the Juba Peace Talks between the Government of Uganda and the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), skills trainings for actors in peace building, empowerment of leaders and community members on implementation of the United Nations Resolution 1325, advocacy for a gender responsive PRDP (Peace Recovery and Development Plan for Northern Uganda), among others.
CECORE is currently implementing the Cross-border conflict transformation project in the Loki-Kapoeta cross-border corridor, in partnership with DADO (Dodoth Agro-Pastoralist Development Organization.) The project mainly involves the pastoral communities of Dototh (Uganda), Turkana (Kenya) and Toposa (South Sudan).
For more information about the project you can read CECORE’s situational analysis report.